I've owned this phone more or less since launch. I find it to be a wonderful phone, but not perfect. The biggest complaint I have is the screen brightness. In most places it's acceptable, but outdoors in bright sunlight it can be a bit hard to see.
The phone came with a lot of pre-installed bloatware which I was able to remove once I rooted the phone. Thankfully this was quite straight forward.
I find the ZenUI to be intuitive and easy to use, and prefer it to stock android. The phone also has a "simple" mode which is probably useful for less tech savvy customers.
The camera is quite acceptable, perhaps not as good as some other phones, but it will take good photos for a happy snap without problem. The Panoramic setting can make some quite wonderful shots and the software is excellent for stitching the photos together. The in built photo editor is good enough to colour correct and crop photos on the go before uploading.
The 4gb of ram and 64gb storage space has been wonderful. I've never had a problem with slowdown or running out of space. And this is after I've loaded it up with cbr comic files, mp3s, and apps. That said, I do have a SD card in there which I put movies on from time to time if I'm traveling.
The battery life is slightly lower than I would like, but still acceptable. Using the phone for standard use (standby, the odd facebook and email, maybe a quick game for 5mins) you should get 10hrs without to much hassle. I consider this fine, as it means a "workday" worth of charge. If however you're using it more intensely then the battery becomes an issue. I personally own a solar powered battery pack so if I'm traveling and using my phone to watch a movie, the battery pack solves that issue.
Finally the case should be noted. The Zenfone has an optional case you can buy that gives you a circular cutout to access apps without unlocking your phone. Flashlight, music player, calendar, clock, quick photo are all available. I find this quite convenient. Allowing song skip or pause without even having to unlock the phone is very handy. And finding the correct key at night with a quick flashlight from the phone is very useful.
Overall, the phone is easy to use, easy to navigate, comfortable, big screen and despite a few flaws, has been a delight to use.
afiq, 28 Apr 2016I want to ask my phone Asus Zenfone 2 ( ze551ml 4gb ram 32GB ) support fast charging until in ... moreMy Asus zenfone2- 4GB RAM variant is no longer supporting fast charging...and sometimes it prompts do you want to enable fast charge..buy when I click it it wont happen anything..crappy phone very disappointed it's not been 1 year old and it's giving me lot of pain
Anonymous, 03 May 2016Guys which is better? Asus zenfone 2 ze551ml or sony xperia z3? plsssss help me :) choose Z3 if you want faster android updates.
AnonD-534292, 06 May 2016i was planning to buy an asus zenfone 2 2.3Ghz,4 ram and 32 gb but i saw a lot of bad comments... morei think no other similar 4gb ram at this price range. this phone is just ok
been using about 4 month and then the display start going crazy by thin lines 3/4 across the screen,as i remember i never dropped my phone or exposed to water and i don't know what the cause..send it to warranty and still waiting for repair
i was planning to buy an asus zenfone 2 2.3Ghz,4 ram and 32 gb but i saw a lot of bad comments, are these true?
any other similar phones in price and ram?
If I am going to buy a Zenfone 2 with 4GB Ram variant, is it necessary to update the system as soon as possible? or if I am going to buy it now, the unit was already updated the system or not?
Anonymous, 01 May 2016can somebody recommend me which phone is better? the zenfone 2 with 4gb ram or samsung j7? Asus zenfone 2 4GB ram
my asus zen phone abruptly stuking it takes almost takes half an hour again to restart can anbvody help in this regard thank u
athah007, 04 May 2016I guys I am using sony z3 dual for last one and half year I changed the LCD screen 2 times, it... morei have asus zenfone 2 ZE551ML and have the same issue with you. immediately after i got my phone back from the service center, the same issue happen again.
Any one help that I can't use fb & can't open play store with sim1. Also In data use its showing warning even in data restriction off.
I guys I am using sony z3 dual for last one and half year I changed the LCD screen 2 times, its broken twice because of heat. I thing ZE551ML better for you
Anonymous, 03 May 2016Guys which is better? Asus zenfone 2 ze551ml or sony xperia z3? plsssss help me :) Sony z3
Anonymous, 03 May 2016Guys which is better? Asus zenfone 2 ze551ml or sony xperia z3? plsssss help me :)
I've had both. The Z3 lags a little bit during typing on the keyboard. Sounds minimal but it actually gets very annoying. The camera in the Z3 is also trash, the noise during lower light shots is just terrible.
Hit the Zenfone 2, better features for potentially a cheaper price